Pastor turns midwife

2011-11-26 00:00

A MINISTER at Christ Church Addington at South Beach, Durban, found himself in the role of midwife on Thursday morning when he delivered a healthy baby boy.

Speaking to Weekend Witness yesterday, an ecstatic Reverend David Goldstone (48) said he had no time to be nervous or embarrassed because a baby’s life was at stake.

The baby’s parents, Nokwe(35) and Jonathan (28) Bain, live in an outbuilding at the church with their children. Bain runs a spaza shop for the church.

Goldstone said: “The husband rang the bell at my cottage to tell me that his wife’s waters had broken and he was hysterical. When I rushed to their house his wife was lying on the floor screaming.

“While we were looking for the hospital’s phone number she screamed, ‘Somebody please help me’. There was no time to go to hospital as the baby’s head was already protruding.”

That was when Goldstone’s instincts kicked in.

He made Bain comfortable on two pillows and told her to push. A few minutes later the baby popped out into Goldstone’s arms. He tied the umbilical cord with a shoelace and wiped him “very nicely” with a clean towel. Only then could they drive to the hospital.

“I had an amazing calm about me and the father was jumping around. The Lord Jesus helps us do all things … what you see on TV also helps,” laughed Goldstone.

Nokwe said: “This was my fourth baby and I have never had such contractions. I felt the baby coming and I was scared and confused. I thought I was going to lose him.”

After all the help he gave, the parents decided add the reverend’s name to that of their new boy, registered as Nathan David Bain.

Nathan David weighs 3,14 kg and is doing well at home.

“This is different from baptising children. I helped welcome a new life into the world from its mother’s womb.

“I feel privileged,” Goldstone said.

• gabisile.ngcobo@witness.co,za

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